"The Mountain" by Aristide Maillol had been housed on Sculpture Terrace since 1981. While this work didn't have to go far to be reinstalled, the challenge in moving this piece was lifting lead sculpture over the gated terrace to its new location.
Moving Maillol's "The Mountain" required that the sculpture be lifted over the fenced area in Sculpture Terrace, transported by truck around the museum campus and placed on a new plinth by a very large crane from the road behind the museum.
In 2013, Henry Moore's "Two-Piece Reclining Figure No. 1" was deinstalled from it's temporary place on Art Hill and made the short trip to its current location, in time for the opening of the East Building.
Despite being part of the collection for more than 40 years, Moore's "Two-Piece Reclining Figure No. 2" had never been installed at the museum until 2013.
For years German sculptor Mathias Gasteiger's "Hercules and the Hydra" sat at the south entrance to the south side of Sculpture Hall, but in 2009 the sculpture was taken to an off-site warehouse to wait out construction of the Sculpture Garden.
Weighing nearly 1500 pounds and standing close to 8 feet tall, transporting Gasteiger's "Hercules and the Hydra" on the back of a flatbed truck was an adventure for the sculpture AND passing motorists on Interstate 170 the day it was returned to the museum for reinstallation.
Masayuki Nagare's "Confluence" was the heaviest sculpture to be installed in the Sculpture Garden. Made of solid granite and weighing almost 4,000 pounds, installers were challenged with removing the straps from the crane without damaging the sculpture after it was in place on the stone plinth. A unique solution presented itself. By laying down a thin layer of ice on the plinth, they were able to position the sculpture, remove the straps without incident and simply waited for the ice to melt to ensure perfect placement of the sculpture.
In 2009, "Venus Victorious" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Richard Guino was loaned to the city of Clayton and served as the museum's ambassador, welcoming people to Shaw Park. The bronze sculpture was moved to it's new location in the Sculpture Garden and is one of two sculptures that also include a water feature, something Renoir had always intended for this work of art.